I've just been given some offcuts of corian I intend to make into nuts.
What tools do I need to cut corian..........masonary grinding disks?
And, how do I do about trimming down to final size?
Just started build number 8......bug has well and truely bitten!
I have found Corian to be fairly soft when it comes to cutting and sanding. I cut nut blanks with the regular wood blade on my band saw, and sand them to shape with my desktop 1 inch belt sander. I find it really easy to work with. I glue them down with just a small amount of super blue so you can tap them loose if you need to adjust or replace it.
I cut the string slots with a small dremel cutoff wheel.
Yep, What Dan said.
It looks like a very hard surface, but apparently not too bad.
The offcuts I have are 12 mm thick, so I intend slicing them down to nut width, then sand them down to final size
I use it just the same as wood. Table saw, band saw, mill, drill, sand, polish (With appropriate compounds and wheels) , Hand saw, nut files, no real difference. Just use caution not to get it hot and melt it when sanding or polishing on a power tool and so forth. It is about midway between a soft and very hard wood. I have a bunch of pieces and it makes good nuts and bridges! It polishes up to a nice luster after machining and sanding with ever finer grits and compounds. You can get a nice polished black or white or even simulated bone effect if you desire.
Great thing is you can throw away rejects and mistakes without much guilt about wasting anything more than time.
You can also get samples from most home improvement stores for free, and in a variety of colors. Each sample will make 8-10 nuts, depending on how thick you cut them.
The only problem with Corian is it can splinter or chip from string pressure. As long as you keep the slot in from the edge of the nut, you'll be fine.